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Joseph Starnes, Sr
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Birth: 1730
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 7, 1779
Madison County
Kentucky, USA

According to the book "Of Them That Left A Name Behind," by the late Herman Starnes of Monroe, NC. and H. Gerald Starnes, Frederick Starnes, Jr. (c.1724-1779), his brother Joseph Starnes (c.1730-1779) and a kinsman, Michael Moyer, may have been buried at the site of this cemetery after they were killed by the Shawnee Indians on 7 April 1779. The only survivor of the massacre, termed "Starns' Defeat," was Joseph Starnes, Jr. (1755-1844), who escaped, being chased by the Indians for more than a mile, and later reached Boonesborough. Col. William Whitley led a company of men who found the bodies and buried them. One account refers to the group as the party of Capt. Starnes. Both Frederick and Joseph had served in the French & Indian War, but I do not know which was a Captain, or if it was a courtesy title.

Frederick and Joseph were sons of Frederick Staring/Starns/Starnes/Stearns (c.1700-1774/5), who had come with his father Adam, uncles Valentine and Nicholas, and other unnamed members of their family from near the village of Alzey in the Palatine region of what is now Germany to America in 1710. The name was originally Staring, pronounced something like Stah-rentz, and went through various spellings after they arrived in America. They arrived in New York in June, 1710. Frederick married Mary Goldman (born c.1703), daughter of Conrad Goldman, another Palatine immigrant. They lived at Herkimer, NY until after 1733, spent a brief time in Pa., and were in southwestern Virginia by about 1740.

Frederick, Jr.'s wife's name was Mary, and Joseph's wife was Katherine. It has been suggested that they may have been sisters named Carlock/Gerlach, and that a third sister, Caroline, married a third Starnes brother, Adam. This has not been proved. The Starnes brothers took up lands in Mecklenburg County, NC, and also vast tracts on the Virginia frontier in what is now Kentucky. They were on a scouting expedition from Fort Boonesborough, looking for more lands when they were killed. Michael Moyer, the third man killed, was described by Joseph Starnes, Jr. as his brother-in-law, so it is likely that he was married to a daughter of Joseph, Sr.

The children of Joseph & Katherine Starnes were: Katherine (c. 1754-aft. 1820, m. Capt. William Crabtree) Joseph, Jr. (1755-1839/44, a Soldier of the Revolution, lived in Burke, now Alexander Co., NC, m. Rachel Rice), Nicholas (c. 1756/60-?, m. Sophia Kress), unknown daughter (m. Michael Moyer), Mary (c. 1758, m. Leonard Hise), Barbara (c. 1760-aft. 1824, m. David Starnes), Elizabeth (c.1770-aft. 1850, m. Philip Wolf, not proved) and Jacob (1775-1848, m. Esther Wentz, the 4th great grandparents of the present writer.) 
Family links: 
  Frederick Starnes (1700 - 1775)
  Mary Goldman Starnes (1703 - ____)
  Katherine Carlock Starnes
  Katherine Starns Crabtree (1754 - ____)*
  Joseph Starnes (1755 - 1840)*
  Nicholas Starnes (1764 - 1816)*
  Elizabeth Starnes Wolf (1770 - ____)*
  Jacob Starnes (1775 - 1848)*
  Valentine Starnes (1722 - 1761)*
  Frederick Starnes (1724 - 1779)*
  Leonard Starnes (1726 - 1782)*
  Joseph Starnes (1730 - 1779)
*Calculated relationship
Pilot Knob Cemetery
Madison County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: John Field Pankow
Record added: May 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26800879
Joseph Starnes, Sr
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Joseph Starnes, Sr
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- Lanie
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- Lanie
 Added: Nov. 24, 2015
In memory of my 5th great grandfather.
- Jay Loudermilk
 Added: Jul. 8, 2015
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